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A close up image of a plate of moco loco with the egg yolk cut and running into the gravy
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5 from 3 votes

Loco Moco - A Classic Hawaiian Comfort Food

Wholesome, clean eating, gluten free, and now with some hidden veggies, the layers of rice, hamburger, gravy, and a fried egg may seem simple but its oh-so-decadent indulgence makes this historic dish one you absolutely must try.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Servings: 3
Calories: 754kcal
Author: Kitrusy

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prep your Burgers: To a mini food processor or using a knife, finely mince together the carrot, parsley, garlic and onion. Combine this mixture together with 1 lb of ground beef and divide it into six equal portions.
    1 med carrot, 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, 3 cloves garlic, 1/2 med onion, 1 lb ground beef
  • Cook your Burgers: Heat a cast iron skillet until it is hot and almost at smoke point and press your burgers into a patty-shape. Season the top with salt and pepper and place the seasoned side down into the hot pan and allow it to cook for 1-2 minutes undisturbed. Once the underside has developed a well browned crust, season the top with a pinch of salt and pepper and flip your burger, allowing the underside to cook until seared. Once all six burgers are cooked, set them aside and set the heat to low.
    1 tsp Himalayan salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Make your Gravy:  *See notes* Whisk your beef broth/stock with the potato starch and pour it into the still hot skillet with the rendered fat from the burgers, whisking quickly and continuously as the mixture will begin to thicken almost instantly. Keep whisking until your gravy has come together into a smooth and silky consistency with no lump. If it is too thick, add more broth to thin it out as needed. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    1 1/2 cup beef broth, 1 tbsp potato starch
  • Cook your Eggs: To a frying pan on med heat, add either 1 tsp of butter if making your eggs one at a time, or add the full tbsp if you're cooking all three eggs at once. Once the butter has melted and coats the bottom of the pan, crack your egg(s) into the pan and allow them to cook until the whites become opaque. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the base of the yolk is set. Season the top of your egg(s) with a pinch of salt and pepper.
    1 tbsp salted butter, 3 large eggs
  • Assemble your Loco Moco: To a plate add one cup of hot, steaming cooked rice as a base layer, top with a bit of gravy and one or two patties*, add more gravy on top the patty and finally top with your fried egg. For some extra flair, add a sprinkle of finely minced parsley to the top.
    3 cups brown rice

Notes

On the Rice: One cup of uncooked rice will yield about 3 cups of steamed rice. Feel free to cook/steam your rice however you prefer whether it's in a rice cooker or on the stovetop. Plain white or brown rice works best for this recipe but you can use any rice of your choosing. 
On the Gravy: This is a simple gravy however if you'd like to make it even richer feel free to fry some onions and/or sliced mushrooms in the rendered beef fat until browned and then add the broth and starch slurry. 
On the Nutritional Calculation: The nutrition and calorie total for this meal is calculated using a 1 cup of steamed long grain brown rice, two burger patties (1/3 lb), one fried egg and a third portion of the gravy.

Nutrition

Calories: 754kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 303mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4012IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 5mg